Echolink News

Net Control Stations for the weekly SARS net:  Please note that I made a slight change to the net-control script.  This is at KD6RM’s suggestion and makes a lot of sense.  An ongoing problem with multiple Echolink check-ins has been how to avoid “doubling”.  This addition should simplify things.  Here is the suggestion: When a station logs onto Echolink, his or her callsign appears on the right side of the screen.  When subsequent stations log in, their callsigns appear in a descending chronolgical order below the first callsign.  Net Control will ask stations to check in stating with the callsign at the top of the list.

In related news, the W6CO Echolink system will be off line for a total replacement beginning March 2oth.  This may take as long as 3 or 4 days depending on how well the new operating system accepts the Echolink software.  Visitors, we enjoy your “dropping in” and thank you for your patience.

John – N6XN _Sysop.

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March Meeting: March 10, 2015

You don’t want to miss this meeting!  Noted Author and Historian, Bill Yenne will give a talk on Area-51.  Mark your calendars now.  Location:   2383 Napa Vallejo Highway Just south of the Kennedy Park Golf Course

Area 51 - Black Jets

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Ham Nation: an internet podcast

This is an interesting video presentation seen each week on Wednesday evening at 6PM PST.  or


After the show a discussion net is held on Dstar Reflector 014, heard on W6CO dstar system

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W6CO Dstar

Several months ago, DSL service to Mt. Veeder was discontinued and replaced by AT&T’s U-verse.  Ever since the installation we have had problems with port forwarding through the new AT&T equipment.  The “standard” processes for port forwarding did not work and after several non-productive calls to AT&T’s “so-called” tech support we stumbled on an updated document on the web.  It seems the new equipment will not allow the forwarding of ranges of ports; they must be input one at a time no matter how many you have in a sequence.  The input mask on the modem’s firmware seems to indicate you can enter a range, but if you do only the first port of the range will be processed and no error message is sent.

So after 5 attempts to get us back on-line, the new document did the trick.  Interestingly, the thing about the sequential ports was in very small print and I almost missed it.

If you have Dstar equipment, feel free to use it.  We normally have the system linked to Reflector-14 in Las Vegas but it can be changed to anything you want. Nie mowisz po polsku?  Reflector 32C is for you.

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Amateur Radio Parity Act

Campaign Will Resume in New Congress – from the ARRL Newsletter

Largely as the result of a grassroots campaign, “The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014″ (H.R. 4969) attracted the support of 69 members of the US House of Representatives in addition to that of its sponsor, Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). While the just-adjourned 113th  Congress did not enact the bill, the effort to gain passage of  the legislation will begin anew when the 114th Congress  convenes in January. Introduced with bipartisan support    last June, H.R. 4969 called on the FCC to apply the  “reasonable accommodation” three-part test of the PRB-1   federal pre-emption policy to private land-use restrictions  regarding antennas. The limited PRB-1 pre-emption  currently applies only to state and municipal land-use  ordinances. The FCC has indicated its reluctance to provide the same legal protections from private land-use agreements — often called covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs) — without direction from Congress. ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, stressed this week that the fight is not over.

“While we are disappointed that the bill did not make it through the process during the session, the effort was extremely energized by the efforts of thousands of ARRL members who participated in our grassroots lobbying effort,” Henderson said. “In just 6 short months we gained tremendous traction for the Amateur Radio Parity Act.”

Henderson explained that sometime after the new Congress is called into session in January, a new “Amateur Radio Parity Act” bill with a new number will be introduced into the US House. “Once this happens, the ARRL will gear up for a fresh effort to push this legislation forward,” he added.

Henderson said the bill would not have attained its current level of support in the US House without the thousands of letters and phone calls made by ARRL members to their congressional representatives. “The success of this crucial issue relies on the efforts of all radio amateurs and ARRL members,” he said. “We know you will step forward in the new year, when we renew our efforts on Capitol Hill.”

The ARRL H.R. 4969 web page provides additional information.

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